Marquette will play Miami at 6:15 on Thursday night in the Sweet-16 round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
They'll be in the East Regional in Washington D.C. The third-seeded Golden Eagles won their first two games by a total of three points - while coach Buzz Williams' wife Corey spent two days in a Lexington, Kentucky hospital with what Yahoo Sports called an emergency appendectomy. Marquette advanced with a 74-72 win over Butler on Saturday night, while Miami moved on last night with a 63-59 win over Illinois. The Hurricanes are in their first Sweet-16 since 2000, while Marquette joined Ohio State and Kansas in making the tournament's second week in each of the last three years. Williams is holding things closer to the vest this time, after losing his previous two Sweet-16 games. He refused to talk about specific things his team did to beat Butler, saying quote, "We're getting the same test we've gotten the last two years, and we want to pass it this year." It's been 10 years since Marquette made the Elite Eight round. That was the year they made the Final Four with Dwayne Wade.
The UW-Green Bay women lost their NCAA Tournament opener last night, 75-71 at LSU. It was a tight game until the sixth-seeded Lady Tigers went on a 17-5 run early in the second half. 11th-seeded Green Bay was down by 18 with 12-and-a-half minutes left, when they attempted a comeback with a pressing defense and a rush of three-pointers. The Phoenix got to within three a couple of times in the final four minutes, but could get no closer. Both teams shot 49-percent, and each had 29 rebounds. Sarah Eichler made all four of her three-point attempts in the second half and finished with 22 points for Green Bay, which ended a 24-game winning streak and closed out its season at 29-3. It was the Phoenix' fifth straight NCAA appearance, but it was the first time they were one-and-done since LSU beat them in 2009. Danielle Ballard and Theresa Plaisance each scored 16 for LSU, which improved to 21-11. They'll face Penn State in the second round tomorrow night.
The Milwaukee Bucks have lost three straight after falling to the Atlanta Hawks yesterday, 104-99 at the Bradley Center. There were 15 ties and 23 lead changes, and the Hawks scored the game's final seven points to go 3-and-0 against the Bucks this season. Josh Smith tied the game with a driving basket with 33-point-eight-seconds left, and Milwaukee never scored after that. The Bucks out-rebounded the Hawks 50-to-38 percent. Atlanta out-shot the Bucks 50-to-46 percent, and had a decisive 39-to-24-percent edge from three-point range. Kyle Korver hit three from downtown, and extended a streak to 63 games with at least one trey - the fifth-longest in NBA history. Al Horford scored a game-high 24 points for Atlanta, which beat Milwaukee for the second time in five days. Smith scored 23, and former Wisconsin guard Devin Harris added 16 before he left with an injury. Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 20 points. Ersan Ilyasova had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Larry Sanders had 12 boards, and Brandon Jennings had 13 assists. The Bucks dropped to two games behind Boston for the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 13 left. Milwaukee is now 34-35, and will play at Philadelphia on Wednesday night.